Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE)
The Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) mission, is an observatory currently in the design phase, set to launch in 2024. PACE aims to enhance NASA's over two-decade record of satellite observations of ocean biology, aerosols, and clouds. This mission will further the understanding of ocean health by measuring the distribution of phytoplankton and continue systematic records related to air quality and Earth's climate. PACE features advanced instruments including the Ocean Color Instrument (OCI) for detailed light measurement and Multi-angle Polarimeters to study light polarization. Positioned as a successor to NASA's previous missions, it will offer insights into the ecosystem and the interactions between the atmosphere and ocean.